Source: Seth’s Blog: The choice
“Attitude is the most important choice any of us will make. We made it yesterday and we get another choice to make it today. And then again tomorrow.”
As usual, Seth Godin nails it. Beyond the insight and advice about all things marketing, barely a few days go by where I don’t read something on his blog that isn’t relative to my personal life.
Indeed, attitude is a choice. It’s also a choice to recognize when one isn’t recognizing that it is a choice. Does that make sense? Because I realized that so far this year I’ve woken up each morning with – the wrong attitude. Despite my desire to do otherwise – see the first goal here.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the easiest – and often the most obvious – thing to do.
Image: 2016 Belgrade Lakes, ME
THE FIRST LINE I thought was the status quo for me. The third and fourth line is what I believe and strive for, every day.
“It’s possible that you’re the way you are, that you do what you do, that you react as you react, and that it can never be changed.
Believing this is incredibly sad, though.
Each of us is capable of just a little more. A little more patience, a little more insight, a little more generosity.
And if you can do a little more, then, of course, you can repeat those changes until you’ve done a lot more.”
— Seth Godin
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~Calvin Coolidge
“I am the son of Satan though my duties are largely ceremonial.”
— David Lee Roth
Nostalgia, lest we forget, is collective amnesia
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
If I followed/learned/remembered/put into practice even half of these various quotes, mantras, words of wisdom that I find (and occasionally post), my life would be much different.
Indeed, you can build on failure and mistakes. I do finally learn a few things from them, though. Closing the door on the past and not dwelling on the past can be another battle altogether. Doing the latter and not doing the former becomes a huge distraction on the present.
According to Facebook, exactly one year ago today I shared the following quote. Apropos then, more so now than ever. Wish I really learned this ages ago.
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash